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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Singing & Choral Groups

Mission: Sing For Your Seniors enriches lives through the universal language of music by bringing professional artists to the communities of seniors in need to entertain, foster intergenerational connection and create shared joy. Our goal is to connect to our audience through the music using story-telling, vocal and physical engagement, and group sing-along. Our artists create a warm and welcoming environment that gives our sessions a community feel, helping to foster ongoing relationships with our audiences and their caregivers and family. Numerous studies have shown the positive impact music has on older adults, from helping with depression, improved heart-rate and blood pressure, lowered anxiety and higher self-esteem, to cognitive and neural benefits to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Sing For Your Seniors is proud to connect the Broadway community and our elders to bring mutually beneficial enrichment to everyone.

Target demographics: Seniors.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,000.

Geographic areas served: The New York City Area.

Programs: Sing For Your Seniors Sessions, Broadway Sessions, Piano Placement Project, and Broadway For The Blind.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sing For Your Seniors is comprised of professional singers with BIG HEARTS. This organization visits a diverse range of facilities- from public veterans hospitals, cancer hospice centers, LGBTQ senior community centers, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and to senior centers that work as soup kitchens in heart of Times Square. Instead of just performing, this organization is committed to literally reaching out with their music, visiting with their elders, and awakening a memory and a bit of inner joy thru song. I love volunteering with SFYS in NYC and will continue to gather others to join me in their beautiful mission!

1 Megan M.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Sing for Your Seniors for over seven years. Every single session brings so much joy to the seniors! Sometimes we perform in hospice centers, and seniors who haven’t responded to anything for days start rapping their toes and smiling when they hear a favorite song! Sing for your Seniors also has a piano placement program that gives the gift of music to centers that would not otherwise have it. This is one of the most important organizations in the US and I hope it continues to grow and spread even more joy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I have learned from Sing For Your Seniors is that It's truly profound how much music can connect people of otherwise differing backgrounds. I've been volunteering with Sing For Your Seniors for several years and the connection at each volunteer session is immediate and completely gratifying. I've never in my life experienced joy like this - it's almost as if the Seniors we sing for are giving me a gift. Their eyes light up at hearing a song they remember, they laugh with us, and they clap with joy. To me, the most beautiful moments are at the end of the session when we visit with our senior friends and shake hands, say hello and chat for a few minutes. It reminds me that we are, indeed, all connected - physically, historically, emotionally, and musically.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SFYS is a wonderful organization that brings music to those who really need it. Many of the seniors served by this organization don’t have family around and truly need the connected feeling that music brings to them. As a pianist for the organization, I have seen many people’s faces light up because of the music, been told we are the highlight of their day, and even seen people with dementia remember song lyrics or someone who seemed comatose get up and start dancing. It is a truly wonderful organization to support and to be a part of.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that brings so much joy to many seniors in New York City. They bring Broadway singers into senior centers and assisted living facilities to perform for them. They deliver truly high quality performances, but also make genuine connections with the senior citizens they meet. They encourage them to sing along at times, and it is so rewarding to see the faces of the audience light up when they hear familiar tunes. It is an equally rewarding experience for the performers, who get to perform for a kind and loving audience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my favorite place to volunteer, hands down. Singing and watching one of our audience members light up, and then hearing their story about the song after as they clutch your hand with tears in their eyes—that can’t be beat. What an honor to be a conduit for joy for this special community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is an honor to write a review for Sing for Your Seniors. I have been involved as a board member and am amazed at this organization's ability to expand, inspire, and contribute to humanity throughout the USA. Led by an inspiring woman, Jackie Vanderbeck, this organization will continue to touch elders in our communities for many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been honored to be working with this organization for several years now and the joy that Sing For Your Seniors brings to the patients of the hospitals and care facilities visited are beyond immeasurable. Not only does Sing For Your Seniors lift up the spirits of those people they come in contact with, but, more importantly, for many it also helps to bring solace and a safe environment for emotional catharsis with coming to terms with life's set of circumstances. As the saying goes, "Art and music is healing" and it is demonstrated with Sing For Your Seniors daily.

Barry H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been a part of Sing For Your Seniors board and working on the development of their website, I have watched this organization work tirelessly to bring the joy of music to senior citizens in New York and California. Their passion for their art is overwhelming, and has truly brought so much joy into the lives of others.

You need proof? Just read some of the wonderful comments on their website, not only from the people who ask Sing For Your Seniors to come and sing for them, but from the singers themselves! For any performer out there who is looking for meaning in their art, there is no stronger meaning than watching the faces of those who grew up watching some of the most classic performers of the 20th century STILL enjoying the music that our newer generation brings to the table. A true testament to the power of music, and a true testament to Sing For Your Seniors, an organization that realizes the power that music still has on the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is like no other. It brings the universal language of music to those who are otherwise unable to experience a live performance. You feel an entirely new human connection when you see someone literally light up when they recognize the song you're singing. That's what makes the people at these centers look forward to Sing For Your Seniors performances - even schedule their days around them. And for the performers, you always walk out of a session feeling total joy.

It's just an incredible thing to be a part of, and it's open for anyone to join.


Volunteer

Rating: 5


Why should great music in NYC be for only those who are able to get up out of their beds or homes and travel to see a show? Shouldn’t beautiful music and fun songs that bring laughter and joy be brought to everyone? SFYS seeks out those in retirement homes, cancer hospitals, and nursing homes to come to say to them through song “You are valuable and you deserve to hear these songs as much if not more than anyone else.” Those of us who participate I think are reminded of why we do what we do-to bring joy and smiles and meaning to peoples lives. Not only is there music, but there is social interaction. We get the opportunity to create relationships with the seniors. These types of homes and centers can oftentimes feel lonely, lack beauty, and be just a way to pass time. SFYS though doesn’t accept the way things are in the world but strives to make the world a better place. Every session, I believe, is creating the world that ought to be-a place of friendship, hope, and love. Music and stories are a powerful thing! This is a truly wonderful organization that makes a big difference in people's lives!

1 Lauren C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sing For Your Seniors causes chronic joy! I am so honored to be a part of this organization. Our volunteerism might even be more rewarding to us than it even is to the wonderful people for whom we sing. Music is really a healing and bonding force. More people need to know about SFYS. Spread the word!!!

Zachary D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SFYS is a truly special organization. They have an effortless way of reaching out and touching the lives of those who may be homebound or otherwise unable to enjoy live performances from professional musicians in the NYC area. Not only does the audience get a real treat!, but SYFS acts as a musical "playground" for actors and musicians to come and discover new things about themselves and their artistry. Not to be missed!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sing For Your seniors is an amazing organization. I've wanted to volunteer to sing for the elderly in NYC for years and you'd be surprised how difficult it is. SFYS makes it easy to participate and on top of that creates the most wonderful and warm atmosphere. Everyone there gives so much of themselves (both the performers and the audience!) and it's such a heart warming and uplifting experience. I think the work of SFYS is so important and valuable -- spreading joy and creating meaningful connections.

1 Evie Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of knowing these wonderful talented people for 6 years. They come to perform at the adult day health center where I work. I can not begin to tell you how much the patients love when they come to perform, the smiles on their faces are priceless! The majority of the patients have Alzhiemers and dementia, some have had strokes, blind, in wheelchairs, but no matter what, it never ceases to amaze me how they sing along, dance in their wheel chairs or clap their hands whenever Sing For Your Seniors come around. Music is universal.. it heals, and these singers definately bring that good medicine!! ! The love and kindness and compassion they have for our patients is so heartwarming..., they are truly a blessing!!!!!

mjbohon

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the wonderful opportunity to be involved with this organization for several years and it is truly an inspired non-for-profit! Music is such a huge part of our lives and it's a blessing to be able to share it with those who are unable to get out and enjoy it. It is a gift witness the patients and seniors light up when an old familiar tune is sung. To see them clap, sing along and sometimes get out of their chairs and dance takes my breath away! And SFYS not only brings unbelievable entertainment but social contact as well. We get a chance to meet them, hug them and really get to know them. To see regular attenders in their same spot every week eager to hear the music. Getting Valentine's Day cards from them or just hearing them say it's so nice to see young people reiterates for me every visit, what SFYS is all about.

Tricia T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Sing For Your Seniors" is a truly unique and wonderful organization. What a truly meaningful and incredible afternoon it always is when I get to be apart of it! The staff and seniors at the various centers that we visit are always so thrilled to have us there, hearing us sing and spending time with us afterwards. There isn't a moment when they aren't reminding us and thanking us again and again for being there and blessing them with our talents. It feels so good to know that you're making a difference in someone's day in such an incredible way. How does it get much better than this?! It doesn't :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon this WONDERFUL organization through friends (which is the best way to stumble:-) I am so grateful that Sing for your Seniors is a part of my life. I am a working actor in NYC and often times the lifestyle can get a bit hectic/stressful. Sing For Your Seniors is a place that I know I can go to sing for people that truly appreciate me and my talents. The Founder, Jackie Vanderbeck has done a wonderful job in making the setting relaxed, yet passionate about bringing JOY to all of those patients that could use a little joy:-) The patients are always enthusiastic and often singing along with us, making us just as happy as we seem to be making them:-)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a WONDERFUL organization! Sing For Your Seniors brings music and joy to seniors in social organizations, assisted living centers, and hospitals. I've had the pleasure of singing with them several times and have seen the difference this organization makes in the daily routines of seniors and the staff who care for them. This is to say nothing of the difference Sing For Your Seniors makes in the lives of the volunteers ourselves. During each visit, volunteers have the opportunity to converse with the seniors they sing for. I look forward to every day I volunteer with Sing For Your Seniors, because I know I'll be sharing uplifting music and meeting unforgettable people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. Young, incredibly talented singers, many of whom are currently working on and off Broadway in the legitimate theater, volunteer their time and talent to entertain seniors. The caliber of the talent is really high quality, and the entertainers are always really nice, sincere people who stay and mingle with the audience afterwards, so there is a very personal connection beyond just providing musical entertainment. Highly recommended!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly wonderful. They bring professional singers and musicians to senior centers and hospitals, spreading joy through song, music, and storytelling. I have helped to transport and coordinate the singers for the past few years, and I always count it a blessing when I am able to help out. To watch the faces of those in the audience as the singers perform is to realize how very easy it is to make a difference in someone's life. It is very easy to join in and help this organization, and I recommend it to anyone with a desire to spread happiness through the gift of music.